Aerial hunting to eradicate invasive animals is used across the country.|
Photo from National Resources Defense Council
AERIAL SHOOTING OF GAME FOR ERADICATION OR SPORT became illegal under county law yesterday when Mayor Billy Kenoi signed the bill that was passed unanimously by the County Council. It bans “any person to engage in the eradication of any animal for any reason while being transported by helicopter, airplane or any similar means.” However, the measure could have no impact on the state Department of Land & Natural Resources or the federal government when they use helicopters to eliminate invasive feral animals such as sheep and goats from lands where they are attempting to protect and revive native plants and animals.
|Goats are hunted by air in hard to hike to places. |
Photo from care2.com
The new county law, however, declares aerial hunting as conflicting “with the cultural and traditional values of the people of Hawai`i County.” It also claims aerial hunting risks “human life, while also disturbing endangered flora and fauna” like the palila bird.
Photo by Julia Neal
Photo by William Neal
UP TO 20 STUDENTS FROM KA`U, grades 6 – 12, are invited to Na Pua No`eau to engage in Mauka Makai enrichment sessions in the Kohala district Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29. Transportation will be provided to students in Ka`u. `Opio (youth) can contact Tiffnie Kakalia at 974-7678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Na Pua No`eau registration form and send it in by fax, scan or mail to ensure each child's participation. Confirmation of attendance will be sent as soon as the completed 2012/2013 registration form is received in the Hilo office.
A special invitation is being offered to select past NPN students with high interest in learning more about their culture and place. The program is sponsored by University of Hawai`i Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children, Na Pua No`eau.
|Police are warning of scams that exploit elders.|
A variation on this scam is one in which the victim makes full payment in advance—often an exorbitant amount—and then receives shoddy results.
Police caution the public against agreeing to having residential improvements done without first conducting their own research. Although many unlicensed contractors perform excellent work, the remedies are few if an unlicensed contractor performs substandard work.
Consumers can ask for documents of identification from the individuals performing any work and only sign a written contract that specifies conditions of the project, including a deadline.
Police ask that anyone who may have been victimized in a similar scam call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or go to the nearest police station to file a complaint.
Consumers may also call the division of the Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO) of the State of Hawai`i Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA) at 808-587-3222. The RICO web address is hawaii.gov/dcca/rico/.
|U.S. Passports or other documents are required to |
prove legal authorization to be in the country when
applying for or renewing Hawai`i driver's licenses
Meetings to explain these new requirements and to answer questions on applying for or renewing driver’s licenses and permits will be held in Hilo on Tuesday, July 24, from 5p.m. to 6 p.m. Aupuni Center Conference Room 101 Pauahi Street and in Kona on Thursday, July 26, 5p.m. to 6 p.m. at County Council Room in Building A of West Hawai`i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona.
Information about the new requirements is available online at http://hawaiicounty.gov/finance-dl-hi-legal-presence. Ask questions by emailing email@example.com.
REMNANTS OF FORMER HURRICANES DANIEL AND EMELIA heading this way prompted a statement about disaster preparedness from Hawai`i Electric Light Co. yesterday. The company noted that helcohi.com offers a consumer guide to emergency preparedness that includes phone numbers to have on hand, checklists for emergency supplies such as a home survival and first aid kits, electrical safety information, power outage preparedness and recovery, household and food safety tips, and references and links to related resources such as the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency and civil defense agencies.
For those without Internet, HELCO has a free Information Handbook for Emergency Preparedness at their customer service offices in Hilo, Waimea, and Kona or by calling 969-0127.
Both the website and handbook answer questions and concerns, including how to protect electronic equipment from power disturbances, how to use emergency generators safely, what to do during a power outage, and water use and safety during and after an extended power outage.
|Tropical Depression Daniel nears Hawai`i this morning. Image from NOAA|
Those who must leave home are reminded to unplug or turn off appliances. If a member of a household is on life-sustaining electrical equipment, an emergency plan for an outage is recommended. Those needing emergency transportation to a hospital or other facilities with emergency generators, call 911.
When moving around outside, stay away from downed power lines. Assume they are energized and dangerous. If someone is injured after touching a downed power line, call 911 for help; don’t try to rescue them as the rescuer could become a victim. Report downed power lines by calling HELCO at 969-6666.
During and after a storm, stay tuned to local media reports on HELCO’s progress in assessing and repairing major damage.
HA`AO/SOUTH POINT AG WATER CO-OP meets today at 2:30 p.m. at Wai`ohinu Park. The group plans to work on bylaws and assembling a board of directors. Contact Alison Yahna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER meeting will be held tonight at HOVE Road Maintenance Corp. office, 7 p.m., for all those interested in volunteering and taking Red Cross training. Call Hannah Uribes 929-9953 for more.
|Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa displas his canoe at the|
Cultural Festival. Photo by Jay Robinson/NPS
HAWAI`I WILDLIFE FUND needs volunteers for the Saturday Ka`u beach cleanup. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at Wai`ohinu Park. Sign up with Megan Lamson at email@example.com or 769-7629.
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS AT PAHALAPLANTATIONCOTTAGES.COM AND KAUCOFFEEMILL.COM.